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My 5 year old daughter tested positive for influenza she is running a fever of 103.2 should i have her seen again for the fever she has had fever for 2 days now and 103.2 is the highest it's been

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Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 21 years experience
It : It helps to know that your daughter has the flu and that fever for a few days is going to be expected. Fevers for the most part aren't dangerous and are just the body's natural reaction to fighting off an infection. Most of these infections are viral (like the flu) and may be accompanied by runny nose, sore throat, congestion, mild rash, or nothing at all. Since fevers aren't dangerous, we usually treat the fever with Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen just to make the child more comfortable as their body fights the illness. "red flags" that we look for with fever to indicate something more serious is going on are: -fevers that last 5 days or more -fevers persistently above 104f orally -a child that acts very sick - very irritable or difficult to wake -difficulty breathing -vomiting, diarrhea, refusal to drink, or dehydration -a purple rash, esp on the legs -stiff neck -any complaints of pain such as the ear, throat, stomach or a joint as always, use your judgement. If you think that your child is ill, err on the side of caution and call your child's doctor.
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Pediatric Pulmonology 36 years experience
Tamiflu may help to shorten the duration of the illness
Dec 15, 2019

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